Michael Martin, born August 9, 1985 in Marietta, Georgia, became the youngest member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as Third/Utility trumpet in July 2010, at the age of 24. Michael attended Northwestern University where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Trumpet Performance studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Michael performed with a diverse array of professional orchestras, ensembles and performing artists including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago symphonies; the Axiom Brass; the Pacifica Quartet; “eighth blackbird”; and Sufjan Stevens. With the Boston Symphony, Michael can be heard on several upcoming albums with Music Director Andris Nelsons, including the GRAMMY-winning album, "Under Stalin's Shadow", releasing later this year.
Michael has long been devoted to both performing and creating music at the highest artistic level and has become an extremely sought-after musician in both disciplines, forging a unique niche within the world of professional music. After completing his studies at Northwestern University, Michael was invited to study doctoral-level orchestration at the University of Chicago with renowned conductor and composer, Cliff Colnot. Michael has collaborated with and been commissioned by members of the Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies; the Boston Pops; the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the Chicago Chamber Musicians; the Northshore Concert Band; the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra; Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble; as well as numerous high school concert band programs around the country including Avon HS (IN), Clear Creek HS (TX), Flower Mound HS (TX), Kell HS (GA), Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), and North Hardin HS (TN). Michael is also the Brass Arranger for the seven-time DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois.
Priding himself on the ability to compose unique and compelling original music for professional and student ensembles alike, Michael’s recent and upcoming commissions include:
Symphony for Wind Ensemble, commissioned by Mallory Thompson and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble in honor of her 20th year as Director of Bands at Northwestern.
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, commissioned by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for Benjamin Wright, 2nd Trumpet of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops.
“Zero to Sixty!”
Commissioned by Mallory Thompson and the Northshore Concert Band in honor of their 60th Anniversary season.
“Heroes and Villains”
Commissioned by Brent Biskup and Flower Mound High School.
A co-commission with American composer William Pitts by Brian Froedge and North Hardin High School.
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Michael is a Yamaha Performing Artist.